A River Runs Through It - Louisiana's Sweet Spot

About Us

Ascension Parish is centrally located in the state, right off of I-10 between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. It is unique in that it extends on both sides of the Mississippi River to include Donaldsonville. Ascension is made up of two cities and one town: The City of Gonzales, The City of Donaldsonville, and the Town of Sorrento. There are also 39 unincorporated communities and two census designated areas.

Ascension Parish has been the backdrop of numerous films for over 50 years because of its diverse scenes and easy access. Ascension offers producers rural, industrial, retail, and historic settings that are minutes from Interstate 10. This makes it the ideal setting for entire productions or shoots near Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

To view film location options in Ascension Parish and the surrounding areas please click here.



Since 2006, our state has hosted more than 300 film and television productions — major and indie features, TV series, documentaries, and more. In fact, only California and New York currently turn out more film and TV projects than the Bayou State. It all starts with the best incentives in the business.

The 2015 Legislative Session produced several bills that impacted the Louisiana Motion Picture Incentive Program. We are committed to providing the most current information regarding the tax credit program.

Click here for more information on incentives for shooting in the Ascension Parish area.


Production Resources

Along with Louisiana’s highly successful entertainment tax incentive package, Ascension is prepared to accommodate your entertainment production needs with: 23 Hotels, 6 Bed & Breakfast, Over 85 restaurants and eateries, Louisiana Regional Airport, and Lamar Dixon Expo Center - a multi purpose facility with over **** sq ft. of indoor and outdoor space.


Temperature and Climate

The scenic beauty of the area provides an exciting backdrop for any production, and our mild climate allows for year-round shooting.

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Film Application

In order for you or your organization to film in Ascension Parish, please complete the Film Permit Application and a Certificate of Insurance and email them to


With the exception of worker’s compensation, Louisiana has no insurance requirements for motion pictures, but any producers filming in the state are strongly encouraged to acquire a comprehensive liability policy prior to the onset of principal photography. Louisiana property owners are encouraged to make proof of adequate insurance a requirement to use their location.

Fees and Permits

There are NO state fees or permits required for filming in Louisiana. Location fees for use of state property are assessed on a case-by-case basis and are often waived.

Road Closures

Decisions on road closures are made by the local jurisdictions. For road closures, please contact us for more information.

Special Effects

The State Police, State Fire Marshal, and local fire departments must be consulted before any explosions, other pyrotechnics, or fireworks may take place. The need for standby fire equipment and personnel is determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for more information.


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We are continuously working to provide more detailed information to our site. If there is any information you are unable to find, please feel free to contact us with questions you may have.

Ascension Parish

Past Filming in Ascension